ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
Foundation (LMF) a Non-Governmental Organisation ( NGO) has donated
uniforms to indigent 103 pupils of LGEA Primary School, Ileke, Olamaboro
Local Government area of Kogi.
Just as the Chateko Vocational Institute an arm of the
foundation has also trained 16 unemployed youths on garment making
and tailoring. Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the founder of the
institute stated that the sixteen indigent youths were trained for six months
in the art of garment making adding that everything needed were provided
for all the trainees free of charge, including materials, equipment and
She urged the grandaunts to maximise the moral training and skills they have acquired to better their lives, families, communities, and the society at large. Osikoya, who is also the Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, said the gesture was to empower male and female youths to be self-reliant, thereby reducing the burden of out of school young adults with its attendant consequences.
According to her, the trainees’ final projects include: sowing of uniforms for pupils in the community schools, sowing dresses for adults, male and female children, and their own graduation gown. In his remarks, the Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Foundation, Architect Olushola Osikoya, said the Foundation’s vision is to raise generations of impactful, innovative, productive, skilful and talented people.
He said that the LMF was founded in memory of the founder’s late mother Mrs Ladi, based on her passion and commitment to impact on the welfare of the people.
He said the aim of the foundation is ” To provide
technical and vocational training to equip a critical mass of people irrespective
of sex, class, gender and social backgrounds- with practical skills for
entrepreneurship and lifelong employability, among others,” he said.
According to him, a
total of 16 trainees of various underprivileged who earned full
scholarship for the six months intensive training. He said that the training programme was reviewed to align with the
NABTEB curriculum and MNEC policy guideline for Mass literary, adult and non-formal
He added that the institute was at the concluding stages of
opening a study centre in Lokoja, so as to provide access to urban dwellers.
He urged the granduants not to stop learning, stressing that expertise required
continuous training and learning.
The foundation offered an academic scholarship award to the
best graduating student, Habib Usman, 17 years, and donated sewing machines to
five other best graduands.
The traditional ruler of the community, Chief Emmanuel Salifu, the Aidokanya Emonoja and Acting Ochogu of Ogugu, commended the foundation for the gesture, saying it was the first of its kind in the history of the area.